The influence of queer theory on marriage and civil partnership in Scotland

Gormley, Charles M. (2016) The influence of queer theory on marriage and civil partnership in Scotland. LL.M(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis will explore the whether queer theory has had any real influence on the law on marriage and civil partnership in Scotland. It will do so by examining the work of Michael Foucault and Judith Butler, reviewing both The History of Sexuality Volume One, and Gender Trouble to establish what queer theory has to say on gender and sexuality. Both works expose the artificiality of gender and sexuality, and in doing so, show that marriage and civil partnership are institutions created to support these artificial structures. Marriage and civil partnership are not isolated from the continuing influence of queer discourse on both gender and sexuality; however, as I will show, the influence has been contained largely to opening up privilege, both legally and socially, to those who wish to conform to structures that remain heteronormative and prescriptive.

Item Type: Thesis (LL.M(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Marriage, civil partnership, heteronormativism, queer theory, gender theory.
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales > KDC Scotland
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: McCarthy, Ms. Frankie
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: mr charles gormley
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7832
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 13:08
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 13:09

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